Beyond vacationing on the moon, solving jet lag through a phone app and virtually traveling, what’s the next big disruption in the transportation industry? Join us for a look into the fast-evolving transit space as we discuss how new innovations are changing our world and completely re-shaping how we get from point A to B. Presented in partnership by ANA and 1871, this high-energy evening will include talks by innovation leaders over cocktails and appetizers.
Betsy Ziegler, CEO, 1871
Betsy is 1871's first female CEO, having previously served as Chief Innovation Officer at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and a principal at McKinsey & Company. Betsy is an advisor and investor in many young technology companies. Betsy is passionate about disruptive technologies and writes a monthly article on global innovations that are changing the world as we know it.
Akira Fukabori, ANA AVATAR Co-Director, Digital Design Lab
Akira has a vision to leverage the strengths of airlines to further connect the world. He belongs to ANA's Digital Design lab and is a prize developer behind the ANA AVATAR XPRIZE concept which won top honors at the XPRIZE Visioneers 2016 Summit. Akira entered ANA in 2008 after graduating from Tokai University with a degree in Aeronautics & Astronautics. His Blue Wing business model, which is a partnership model that bridges for-profit and non-profit organizations, was the grand prize concept of the Tokyo-based 2010 Global Agenda Seminar program. This earned Akira an invitation to the 2011 World Economic Forum. Akira is a serial intrapreneur who has helped to launch multiple initiatives within ANA together with his colleague, Kevin Kajitani, and is currently the Co-Director of the ANA AVATAR initiative.
Kevin Kajitani, ANA AVATAR Co-Director, Digital Design Lab
Kevin is passionate about improving the world through innovative business models. Together with his colleague, Akira Fukabori, Kevin has played a central role in the launch of multiple initiatives within ANA including their cause-related Blue Wing program and the airline's WonderFLY crowdfunding platform. Kevin is also a prize developer behind the ANA AVATAR XPRIZE concept which won top honors at the XPRIZE Visioneers 2016 Summit and is the Co-Director of the ANA AVATAR initiative. After graduating with Summa Cum Laude honors from the University of Washington with a degree in Aeronautics & Astronautics, Kevin worked as an aerodynamics engineer on the 787 program in the US before relocating to Japan.